local_library After September 22

by Catherine Daly

Published in Issue No. 9 ~ October, 1997

Hospitality narrows

from idle experiments of days

to stale rooms like unwashed sheets.

Shake out the acid sun. Dissolve,

wan and pallid, like days,

dwarfed and peaked last peppers,

stems shrinking from their leaves.

Fade like patio umbrellas,

bleak and damp sand palaces.

Retreat. Your mind is mild.

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A technology management professional specializing in corporate intranets and extranets, Catherine Daly's poetry has been published in both print and Internet magazines. Catherine Daly is the America Online Poetry Mentor, "Webgrrl." When she's not busy developing computer software applications, she teaches future poets how to hone their craft.